Latvia: Wolf Hunting Update From Sandy.

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Re our recent post about wolf hunting in Latvia:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/04/29/latvia-organized-hunting-criminality/

 

We have been sent the following message from Sandy – thanks Sandy for your important information which says it all really.

Again, the EU looking the other way when it wants to.

 

As per this update from Sandy; we would encourage any of our followers to provide us with further updates or information to our posts.

We are keen to hear more from Dawn about the bullfighting issue / experience she has been getting – contact us Dawn please if you have anything more to provide.

 

Regards Mark

 

Dear Venus!

Thank you for your information about the egregious situation of lynx and wolf hunting in Latvia.

As to the large carnivores Latvia has signed the European Council’s Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora.

Lynx is listed under Annex II (lynx habitats have to be designated as strictly protected areas) and Annex IV (need of strict protection). In 2004 the hunters’ lobby group from Latvia with no appropriate scientific assessment of the species wolves and lynxes made efforts in the EU to get exemption for Latvia as to wolves and lynxes hunting.

For lynxes the exemption from Directive was reached only to Annex II (no need to designate specially protected areas), but there is no exemption as to Annex IV for Latvia as the EU member state.

As lynxes are subject to the Habitats Directive’s Annex IV regime in Latvia, the only way provided in the Directive to make exceptions to the killing prohibition is through derogations.

The EU should know that there is a blatant violation of Directive 92/43/EEC as regards the hunting derogation of lynxes and wolves in operation in Latvia.

Thank you and
best regards,
Sandy

 

One thought on “Latvia: Wolf Hunting Update From Sandy.”

  1. Hallo, Venus!
    Some more information about annual lynx and wolf killing in Latvia.
    The latest scientific monitoring data (produced by the Latvian State Forest Research Institute Silava) has revealed a critical situation with lynx population and the species conversation status in the territory of Latvia. It shows that all the scientific quantitative and qualitative indicators of the species show deterioration of the Baltic lynx population in Latvia. (http://www.silava.lv/userfiles/file/Projektu%20parskati/2019_Ozolins_MSAF_pleseji_Iposms.pdf)

    Lynx LATVIA
    Hunting Season Population size Population size Hunting Killed
    (before hunting (after hunting limits
    season) season)
    30November 1 April

    2014./2015. ~ 410 238 175 172
    2015./2016. ~ 405 290 150 115
    2016./2017. ~ 345 220 150 125
    2017./2018. ~ 320 180 150 140
    2018./2019. ~ 410 265 150 145

    For Latvia lynx population assessment the FRV given in FFH (Reporting under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. Latvia assessment 2013-2018)
    (http://cdr.eionet.europa.eu/Converters/run_conversion?file=lv/eu/art17/envxwalvg/LV_species_reports-20190829-115440.xml&conv=593&source=remote#1361) is fake. These data reported to EC are not audited and are fake. The Lynx population status by no means is favorable in Latvia. Nevertheless a massive killing of the Directive species lynxes and wolves continues in Latvia. Practically all the lynxes (150) officially allowed to kill and the wolves (280) annually legally killed in Latvia are killed through the most brutal collective driven hunting process. Not through selective hunting as one could imagine, applying derogation under Article 16 of the Habitats Directive, and with verifiable data provided as the proof that no other alternative is possible.

    The most shocking is the statistics of the amount of the killed young and perspective animals – lynx offsprings and wolf pups under 1 year in Latvia.

    Annual balance of killed wolf pups and young lynxes under 1 year for 2018/2019 hunting season:
    -wolf pups – 52,3% of the total amount of the killed in the season. That is for 7,3% more than the previous season.
    – young lynxes killed under 1 year – 58,1% of the total amount of the killed, i.e. for 5,6% more than the previous season.
    Annual balance of killed wolf pups and young lynxes under 1 year for 2017/2018 hunting season:
    -wolf pups – 45% of the total amount of the killed in the season;
    — young lynxes under 1 year killed – 52% of the total amount of the killed;
    Annual balance of killed wolf pups and young lynxes under 1 year for 2016/2017 hunting season:
    -wolf pups – 60% of the total amount of the killed in the season;
    — young lynxes under 1 year killed – 50% of the total amount of the killed.

    2018/2019 hunting season:
    For lynxes: 150 animals killed of the total amount ~410 assessed at the beginning of the hunting season in Latvia (see Figure 8, scientific monitoring, Silava, http://www.silava.lv/userfiles/file/Projektu%20parskati/2019_Ozolins_MSAF_pleseji_Iposms.pdf).
    After the hunting season, there are approximately 265 lynxes left in the territory of Latvia. The scientific model is based on the assumption that hunting is the only cause of death for lynxes. There must be a natural mortality that has not been included here. Mortality is about 18% for lynxes according to the action plan for lynx conservation (Silava, 2017)

    For wolves: 280 animals killed of the total amount ~ 680 assessed at the beginning of the hunting season in Latvia (see Figure 7, Silava, http://www.silava.lv/userfiles/file/Projektu%20parskati/2019_Ozolins_MSAF_pleseji_Iposms.pdf)
    After the hunting season, there are less than 400 wolves left in the territory of Latvia. The natural mortality rate, which is very high in the wolf population, as well as the number of illegally killed individuals, should be subtracted from this amount. However the same as with lynxes, the scientific model is based on the assumption that hunting is the only cause of death for wolves.

    This is a dramatic statistics for an EU member state, which has signed the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern, 1979) and the EU Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC.

    The problem with lynx and wolf hunting is very serious and situation demanding international interference here in Latvia.

    To Protect Lynx Population Non-governmental Organisations Call to Stop Hunting)
    Thursday, 14.11.2019. 12:21
    Autors: LETA
    http://www.aprinkis.lv/index.php/sabiedriba/vide/12861-lusu-populacijas-saglabasanai-nevalstiskas-organizacijas-aicina-partraukt-to-medibas

    Animal Friends Ask to Stop Lynx Hunt in Latvia
    SOCIETY
    2019. gada 14. novembrī 16:45
    Jauns.lv / LETA
    https://jauns.lv/raksts/zinas/358468-dzivnieku-draugi-ludz-partraukt-lusu-medibas-latvija

    Best regards,
    Sandy

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